PhD fellowship in the field of Automated Expertise? Artificial intelligence and algorithmic systems as inter-professional work practices in education (5+3)
The Graduate School at Arts, Faculty of Arts, Aarhus University, in collaboration with the Independent Research Fund Denmark (Sapere Aude), invites applications for a fully funded PhD fellowship in Automated Expertise? Artificial intelligence and algorithmic systems as inter-professional work practices in education provided the necessary funding is available. This PhD fellowship is available as of 1 September 2023 for a period of up to three years (5+3). The candidate who is awarded the fellowship must commence his/her PhD degree programme on 1 September 2023.
The PhD fellowship is part of the larger research project “Automated Expertise? Artificial intelligence and algorithmic systems as inter-professional work practices” headed by Maja Hojer Bruun and funded by Independent Research Fund Denmark. The project investigates how different professional practitioners in different domains collaborate with AI providers on the development of AI systems. What new forms of knowledge, expertise, responsibility and professionalism emerge through such collaborations?
Currently, great investments are made in systems with AI to support assessments, prioritisation and decision-making in the public sector, including education. Applications, platforms and programs are developed to support school masters, teachers and parents in improving pupils’ reading and writing skills. Attempts are made to employ data from tests and other contexts for different kinds of automated assessment and knowledge about pupils’ learning and development.
Within the larger research project, the PhD student is to conduct an ethnographic study of teachers’ and other involved stakeholders’ collaboration with AI providers on the development of data and AI systems and how such collaborations affect teachers’ and other practitioners’ professional expertise.
We are looking for a candidate with a background in educational anthropology, anthropology, science and technology studies, sociology or related fields. Knowledge about digitalization, datafication and algorithm studies are considered an asset, as is experience with ethnographic research methods.
The ethnographic fieldwork is to take place in Denmark, so the PhD student must be fluent in Danish. The PhD education includes a semester’s research stay at Oxford University. The fieldwork and research stay are fully financed.
Interested applicants can obtain a project description of the larger project “Automated Expertise? Artificial intelligence and algorithmic systems as inter-professional work practices” on application to Maja Hojer Bruun (email@example.com).
Enrolment and place of work
The PhD student must complete the studies in accordance with the valid regulations for the PhD degree programme, currently the Ministerial Order of 27 August 2013 on the PhD degree programme at the universities: http://phd.arts.au.dk/applicants/thephddegreeprogramme/
Description of the graduate school’s PhD degree programme: http://phd.arts.au.dk/applicants/phdstudystructure/
Rules and regulations for the PhD degree programme at the Graduate School at Arts: http://phd.arts.au.dk/applicants/thephddegreeprogramme/
The PhD fellow will be enrolled as a PhD student at the Graduate School at Arts, Faculty of Arts, Aarhus University, with the aim of completing a PhD degree at the Danish School of Education, Aarhus University.
The PhD student will be affiliated with the PhD programme Learning and Education.
The PhD student’s place of work will be the Danish School of Education (i Aarhus), Aarhus University. In general, the student is expected to be present at the school on an everyday basis.
The PhD degree programme is expected to include a lengthy research stay at a foreign institution, cf. Description of the graduate school’s PhD degree programme.
Danish School of Education’s research programme: http://edu.au.dk/en/research/research-programmes/
When you apply for a 3-year PhD fellowship (5+3), you must have completed your two year Master’s degree (120 ECTS) no later than 31 August 2023.
The PhD fellow will be employed as a PhD student at the Faculty of Arts, Aarhus University. The terms of employment are in accordance with the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (see section 6.1.4), as well as with the protocol to the agreement covering staff with university degrees in the state sector (see enclosure 5). The agreement and the protocol including amendments are available online: http://phd.arts.au.dk/applicants/thephddegreeprogramme/
If you require professional guidance regarding your application for the PhD fellowship please contact the PhD programme director at Learning and Education: http://phd.arts.au.dk/about-us/contact/
For further information, please contact Associate professor Maja Hojer Bruun, Danish School of Education, firstname.lastname@example.org, Phone + 45 21 24 27 30.
The application must be written in Danish.
All applicants must document English language qualifications comparable to an 'English B level' in the Danish upper secondary school ('gymnasium'). Please see this page for further information: http://phd.arts.au.dk/applicants/english-test/
Applications for the PhD fellowship and enrolment in the PhD degree programme can only be submitted via Aarhus University’s web-based facility.
Guidelines for the application facility: http://phd.arts.au.dk/applicants/how-to-apply/
Deadline for applications: 15 March 2023 at 23.59 Danish time (CET/CEST).
Reference number: 2023-2
During the assessments, Aarhus University can conduct interviews with selected applicants.